Photo-Folders provides a wealth of pictures display modes.
Four types of display choices are available:
- The albums thumbnails display: with a related button next to the current group name or with the "T" keyboard accelerator. The album thumbnail is the first album landscape picture if there is any, and the first portrait otherwise. The thumbnail can also be chosen among the album's pictures in the album's option.
- The background color: light or dark. It's selected with the related dropdown list at the top right of the plugin. Or with some keyboard accelerators: C (color toggle), B (black) and W (white).
- Thumbnails display mode:
Flow: vertical column flow with picture name and description (similar to the one use by Pinterest.
Tiles: Vertical column flow with no frame nor picture names and description. These show up when the mouse is over each and every picture.
Horizontal: horizontal justified rows like with Flickr and Picasa.
Black slides and White slides: square slides on white or black background.
Slideshow: display one picture at a time to launch an automatic slideshow, which can run full browser.
Filenames: list of picture names and descriptions without thumbnails.
In row display modes, pictures are well ordered by numeric order (1; 2, 3, 10, 11, ...) and not alphabetical (1, 11, 12, ..2, 20, 21, ...) whether these numbers are under parenthesis or not.
- Chosing the plugin user interface language. As of mid-2014, English and French were supported. Other languages support can be added to the plug-in with some work. All user interface unique strings must be translated with the POEDIT tool and for more than 1200 stringsas well as the help files (overs 100 pages). The plugin language shows-up when opening dialog box or hovering on the interface elements and showing tooltips. The main screen doesn't show language specific items. All features are accessible through descriptive icons.
When using a smartphone, the user interface language selection is done with the flag icons inthe current album functions dialog that is launched with clicking on the small wheel at the right of the current album name. You probably won't need much to do this since the smartphone UI est mostly graphical.
- Resizing the browser window which will automatically and dynamically recompute the number of thumbnail columns/rows and/or resize the only picture displayed, even in full screen mode.
It's also possible to display album and search results thumbnails in full screen mode. On a PC/Mac navigator, you use the keyboard accelerator "F". On a tablet, there is a related icon at the top right of the screen. It is not shown on PC/Mac to simplify the user interface look.
From this view, you can click on pictures to show them full browser. Navigation functions are still available like N, P and G keys which enable the user to move to the next or previous album and next group. The ESCAPE key closes the full screen "one" picture view to move back to the full screen thumbs view. Another ESCAPE moves back to the normal thumbnail view. The C key is always available to toggle the background from black to white and the other way around.
Another function can be activated in this full screen thumbs display mode: launching an automatic scroll. It will slowly scroll down the thumbs until the end of the album. Once the end is reached, the presentation mode will switch to single pictures slideshow and backwards from the end to the beginning of the album. Once the beginning is reached, the thumbs mode is automatically reactivated and the autoslide starts again from the beginning. And so on. Why backwards? Because you may need to stop the slidshow and move back where you where in the thumbs mode to select a particular picture that was just shown at the end of the album.
You launch this autoslide mode with using the keyboard space bar or on clicking outside the picture thumbs in the white or black zone. Or with a touch when using a tablet. This mode is very useful if you want to show pictures in a public place with using a large TV set.
In all these presentation modes, it's also very useful to set your browser in full screen mode. With Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer on Windows, you do this with the F11 key. On a Macintosh, you use the combination Cmd-Shift-F.
All groups, albums and pictures can be associated with a description text.
Groups and albums descriptions are stored on the server in text files (.txt) using the same name as the groups/albums. They can be edited from the plugin user interface using their related dialog box.
Pictures description first come from the description field embedded in JPEG files (it's a so-called IPTC field). This description can be modified or created from the plugin when logged as admin user. It will create or update a .txt file having the same name and location as the image. These text files will follow the picture when it's moved, copied or renamed as it will do for similar changes with albums and groups.
The is even an accelerator for displaying/hiding the current album description text : the I key.
When looking at one picture at an album of search result, the user can put the picture aside on the left part of the picture viewing area. It is then possible to navigate normally in the right part of the zone.
You can then compare two pictures from somebody in the same album or in a search result using her/his name in order to select the best one to use for any purpose like publishing it in a post on your blog.
To launch the dual view, you use the related button at the left of the pictures navigation menu when only one picture is displayed. It will duplicate the current picture. You'll then navigate in the right view with selecting another picture with the keyboard, mouse or touch, with going back to the thumbnail presentation mode or using the full screen mode. You can even change album or launch a search. At any time, you can select the hoto on the right to copy it on the right.
At the right bottom of the picture on the letf, two buttons can be used to either close the left view or to select the picture on the left to be the current picture on the right. The later is available provided you have not changed the album in the right view.
A last, a square button in the navigation menu can be used to select or unselect the current picture. The selection is visible in thumbnail mode. Selected pictures can be downloaded, emailed and deleted. This enables a picture selection when not being in thumbnail mode even when the picture is displayed full screen. You can also select/unselect the current picture with the M key.
In thumbnails view, you can zoom in and out with + and - buttons or with the related icons at the top right of the view.
The zoom works in all thumbnails display modes, including when the thumbnails are displayed full screen (
The zoom level is also dynamically recorded in the page URL. One view sent to another user with the current URL will retain the zoom level.
You can sort pictures from an album or search resultby name or creation date.
You can select your sort mode with the related icons at the right of the selection button. You can use the button at its right to show or hide labels. Labels are dates labels when pictures are sorted by publishing or capture date, and are sub-album names when sort is done against picture names. This works for every pictures thumbnail display mode.
The sorting mode and direction is kept in the URL. You can for example display the last created picture of an album and send it to somebody. This sort mode can also be used in the widget generator.
When displaying pictures from large albums or even search results, it can be useful to organize the resulting thumbnails with using separating labels. Three label types are available depending on the active pictures sort mode: dates separators when pictures are sorted by date and sub-albums names labels separators when pictures are sorted by names. Date sort can be done against picture capture dates or picture publishing (upload) date.
These separators are shown or hidden with using a toggle button located at the rightmost part of the current album title, and at the right of album pictures sort icons when these are shown.
When these sub-albums separators are displayed, labels will show up only when albums were uploaded through FTP and with a folder structure contained some subfolders. Sub-albums functions are available with clicking on sub-album labels in the separators, for the user (pictures downloading, going directly to a sub-album selected in a drop-down list) and for the admin (picture deletion, moving/copying pictures in another album, uploading new pictures in the current sub-album, another sub-album from the current album or a new sub-album from the current album), all of this working a bit like the corresponding functions at the album level. When uploading pictures in a sub-album, it's possible, as with albums, to automatically delete existing pictures from the sub-album and to replace it with the uploaded pictures, with using the checkbox button below the upload zone from the sub-album dialog box.
A dialog box is also available for date separator labels. At this point, it can be used to download the related pictures.